Emerging Technologies

THOMAS COLLEGE GRADUATE SCHOOL

CT 566

Summer II, 2003

“As commented in the IEEE 1999 Technology Analysis and Forecast, 'never before in the field of electronic communication has so much been changed so rapidly by so many'. All over the world engineers are adding new service capabilities and refining old ones. For example, on the cellular front, satellite-based systems that provide truly worldwide access have become a reality. In local area networks, Gigabit Ethernet has gone from infancy to early adulthood in about 18 months, while asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) has established itself in wide area nets and may yet realize its potential in local area networks as well. Convergence --coming together and uniting in a common interest -- has become the dominant watchword for emerging networks. At the industry level, telephone companies, cable operators, and Internet Service Providers are beginning to merge. At the application level, popular developments include Internet telephony, WebTV, and the growing use of imagery, video, and audio in both Internet and intranet environments. At the human level of the convergence are issues and technologies related to the ultimate security, privacy, human interface and appliances used to connect to the network.”

(http://www.ouhk.edu.hk)

 

 

Instructor: Prof. Judy Hansen-Childers

Office: Room 209

Office Phone: 859-1335

Home Phone: 582-7632

E-Mail:

hansenj@thomas.edu

Snow Phone/Cancellation Line: 859-1140

 

 

Class Schedule: This course will meet on Angel conferencing system from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, both synchronously and asynchronously.  We will also use Microsoft Chat and will meet on the Thomas server in Room #CT566 (For instructions on downloading and configuring MS Chat CLICK HERE).  It is thus absolutely essential that students have computers with Internet access.

 

There will be two papers. In the first, due Tuesday, July 29th, all students will address the same topic, which will be posted on the schedule below.

 

For the second paper, students will choose their own topics (related to the course material) by 8/22, submitting them via email to the instructor for approval and suggestions. The paper will be due Tuesday, August 26th. This paper should be a well-researched analysis of one of the emerging technological issues impacting education and society today.

 

 Text:

There is no single text. Readings from periodical publications and the Internet will be assigned.

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Prerequisite: CT 559

This course provides the opportunity for students to identify, research, gain a basic knowledge, discuss and evaluate emerging technologies and their impact on education and society. Topics to be addressed include those listed in the prelude above.

COURSE OBJECTIVES (Learning Outcomes):

By the end of the course, the student should:

1.      Understand the importance of keeping abreast of emerging technologies.

2.      Understand the current emerging technologies outlined in the schedule below.

3.      Have developed the research skills necessary to identify emerging technologies (just-in-time learning).

4.      Be able to evaluate the impact, both positive and negative, of these emerging technologies on education and society.

5.      Have the tools to foresee, identify, and evaluate changing technologies and adopt appropriate technologies to respond to school, community, and district needs.

6.      Have gained an in-depth understanding of a chosen emerging technology through independent research.

ASSESSMENT:

Objective #1:  The student’s understanding of the importance of keeping abreast of emerging technologies will be evaluated through class discussion.

Objective #2: The student’s understanding of current emerging technologies will be assessed through class discussion.

Objective #3:  The student’s research skills will be assessed through one 10-page and one 20-page research paper.

 Objective #4: The student’s ability to evaluate the impact of emerging technologies on education and society will be evaluated through class discussion, and the 10-page paper.

Objective #5: The student’s understanding of their emerging technology topic will be assessed through a 20-page (minimum) research paper.

ASSIGNMENTS:

Each week students will have reading assignments from online or other sources and weekly discussion questions to be answered online.

GRADING SYSTEM

A (94 - 100) A- (90 - 93) B+ (87 - 89) B (83 - 86) B- (80 - 82)

C+ (77 - 79) C (73 - 76) C- (70 - 72) D+ (67 - 69) D (63 - 66)

D- (60 - 62) F (below 60)

 

GRADING:

Class Discussion..........………………………........…...........… 50%

10 –page Research paper………………………………………20%

20 –page Research Paper and Presentation……………….…. 30% 

ATTENDANCE:

Students are expected to attend all class sessions and to be prepared to discuss the assigned readings and topic. If a student must miss a class session, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange other ways of obtaining the information covered in class. Please notify the instructor in advance if you have to miss a class. Students with excessive absences may not receive a passing grade.

 

INTEGRITY OF SCHOLARSHIP:

Students who plagiarize papers and projects or cheat on exams will receive zeros for the work in question.

 

 OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES:

·        Changes in the syllabus and assignments may be modified as deemed appropriate by the instructor.  All changes will be announced in class.

 

 

Important Links

 

Emerging Technologies Links Page

 

New Scientist Magazine

 

E-INSITE

 

Robotics Info

 

YEAR 2067

 

ImpactLab

 

World Technology Network 

 

Paper # 1

 

Thomas College Homepage

 

Angel

 

 

 

SCHEDULE

 

DATE

TOPICS

Tuesday, July 8th     

Online

 Introduction, Course Review and Expectations

 Video Manipulation Technology

 Privacy  and Security Issues

 

 

Monday,    July 14th

Online

 Viruses

 Web TV / HDTV

 

 

Monday, July 21st

Online

 Computer-to-Telephony Integration

 Cellular and Personal Communication Systems

 Cable Modem Systems and Technology

 

 

Monday, July 28th

Online

  Wireless Technologies

  Radio Technologies / Satellite Technologies

  Optical Technologies

 

 

Monday,August 4th

Online

  Digital Subscriber Line Technologies

  Asynchronous Transfer Mode

  Integrated Services Digital Network

 

 

Monday, August 11th

Online

  Space Tourism

  Intelligent Toys

  Pet-Human Interaction Technologies

 

 

Monday, August 18th

Online

  Speech Recognition

  Software Agents 

  Wearable PCs

  Robotics

  Virtual Reality

 

 

Monday, August 25th

Online

  Genome Project 

  Cloning 

  Nanotechnology 

  Artificial Intelligence

 

 

   

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This syllabus may be changed at the discretion of the instructor.

Last Revised: June 24, 2003